Why writers are out of work

The other day, a writer friend of time pointed out a site to me, where she said the text looked familiar. There is the text in question:

The Internet has opened up tremendous opportunities, endless possibilities, and dramatically changed our outlook on conducting business by online and offline companies. It lies beyond any boundaries, unites people worldwide and considerably increases chances of boosting business.

She called me back and said, “Now I know, do a search on Google.”

Sure enough, there were 96 pages that came up in the Google search. Each one, touting, I’m sure, their originality. Sheesh. Not just the first paragraph, but the second one as well. They were from all over, India, San Francisco, CA, Mildura, Australia, Tennessee, Ontario, Canada, Florida, the UK, in html, asp and in Flash.

I wonder if all these people know they ripped off these two paragraphs that keep appearing again and again in all 96 of these websites. Who started it? How many other common paragraphs have appeared across the board, from coast to coast, and around the globe?

As my headline says, no wonder writers are out of work. Amazing. I am tempted to tell them that I know the dark secret, but they probably don’t’ care, anymore than all the people out buying web templates, that I wrote about yesterday. Perhaps that is it. The text comes with the template, and they just leave it in. :)

I would worry if any of them are offering writing for your website. Run, don’t walk, and don’t look back.


One Response to “Why writers are out of work”

  • Robert Says:

    Hi! Actually, this paragraph comes from our web site http://www.astra-design.com. I am so upset that people just copy our content, our design … i’m sick and tired of phoning people all the time and asking them either to remove our content or design. It’s so annoying…. It took me two months to create the content for our site … but why are these people just copy it? don’t they have any wits to create something themselves?

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